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Falling for Innocence: Episode 9

For all the adorable and loving moments we get on this show, it should really be called Falling for Min-ho. I’ll never grow tired of watching our hero acting like a lovesick puppy around the girl who makes him go weak at the knees. While he may question where those feelings are coming from, he’s certain of how they will continue to shape him into the man he’s becoming.

What’s more is that Soon-jung rises to the occasion this hour to team up with Min-ho’s aspirations to save Hermia and everyone in it. Every superhero needs a superpower, and she has no idea that she’s it.

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EPISODE 9 RECAP

Despite the frosty greeting, Papa Ma welcomes Min-ho into his home, giving polite answers to the latter’s forthright questions about his deceased family members. His mention that Soon-jung was his late son’s fiancee prompts Min-ho to ask if his son was Dong-wook.

We already know it is, and Min-ho’s eyes grow wide when Papa Ma points out that his son had the same lollipop-sucking habit. The revelation that his new heart once literally belonged to Dong-wook triggers another round of heart palpitations.

Although Joon-hee is assured that Min-ho won’t be able to win the hearts of the union members — which in turn will sway the board — anytime soon, he does take note of the news that Soon-jung frequents the central factory to rally support for Min-ho.

During the ride back that evening, Min-ho shuts down the idea of seeing a doctor, along with Secretary Oh answering any of Soon-jung’s questions about him. Asking about Dong-wook only further drives the point home that Dong-wook’s heart beats within him.

In fact, Min-ho is still baffled by this truth the next morning. He tells Secretary Oh that he doesn’t feel like his old self anymore, and this revelation makes him question whether he’s truly in love with Soon-jung or if his heart is acting like a location tracker searching for its past love.

He decides upon the rational approach in keeping things strictly business with Soon-jung until he can ascertain the truth. However this knowledge does sadden him somewhat, because he considered these feelings for her special and precious to him.

He’s only more annoyed upon arriving at the company and seeing Ji-hyun, who makes it clear that Min-ho is up for a lonely battle to become Hermia’s next chairman. No one on the board will extend a helping hand towards him, and neither will Gold Partners. So while Min-ho may be the majority shareholder, that twenty-percent cut won’t do him much good.

Min-ho is immediately put to the test when he sees Soon-jung greet him with a smile. He tries not to appear too eager in front of her, afraid it might be his heart acting of its own accord. But Min-ho acts like a smitten kitten with her anyway, especially when she asks if he’s free to accompany her to the central factory tomorrow.

Since no one is willing to write Min-ho a power of attorney form (which would allow Min-ho to make business decisions on their behalf), Soon-jung believes that gaining the union’s support might sway the board of directors. That’s why she went ahead to speak with the union reps on his behalf, and those last few words make Min-ho literally go weak at the knees, much to Secretary Oh’s amusement.

Still, Secretary Oh reminds his boss that tomorrow will be about work and definitely not a date. He saw how his boss turn into a pile of goo earlier—does everything go out the window for him once Soon-jung is involved?

Answer: Yes, as evidenced when Min-ho goes ballistic upon overhearing the secretaries gossiping about how Joon-hee might propose to Soon-jung tonight because they found a ring in his office.

Dinner that night isn’t at all a cozy occasion for either Soon-jung and Joon-hee, however, as Joon-hee asks if she believes that Min-ho could actually save Hermia. Soon-jung doesn’t think it impossible, which is why she’s going to help him.

Her efforts will be in vain then because Min-ho is nothing but a shell stripped of Gold Partners’ support, Joon-hee tells her. But Soon-jung counters that the wrong man to bid on was Joon-hee, whom she and the factory workers wrongly placed their trust in.

When Soon-jung says she doesn’t want to see him alone anymore, Joon-hee asks, “What will you do if I gave it all up? Would you see me again if I let go of everything?”

He asks Soon-jung to stop him because he can’t do it on his own. “I can give it all up as long as you’re by my side.”

But Soon-jung knows that will hardly make a difference—as long as Joon-hee makes no effort to change his ways, his vicious cycle will continue. Angry now, Joon-hee asks if that means she’ll stand by Min-ho then, unable to wrap his head around the idea that she has to be on that scumbag’s side.

“Because I thought that he has more of a right than you did,” Soon-jung replies. She’s called away by Min-ho just then, but Joon-hee gets in the final word: Min-ho won’t ever become chairman because he’ll see to Min-ho’s ruin, driven out as a penniless man. “Wait and see,” Joon-hee ends bitterly.

An earlier interlude teaches us that Min-ho’s mind was so filled with thoughts of Soon-jung that he was unable to focus on work and lied about being locked out of the house so she’d come. He’s a bit disappointed that the locksmith will arrive sooner than he’d anticipated, then gives Soon-jung the third degree about possibly ruining her cozy dinner with Joon-hee.

She asks how he knew about that, and Min-ho immediately backs off, saying she mentioned it on the phone. Since they’re on the topic, he asks if Joon-hee made her some kind of offer tonight. He’s thinking of Joon-hee’s marriage proposal while Soon-jung recalls her more serious conversation earlier, so there’s some crossed wires when Soon-jung says yes, something like that.

He asks if they discussed a future, which has her think of Joon-hee’ plans to bring Min-ho down. Min-ho asks if she’s actually giving it thought, which she is because it’s coming from her longtime friend. His blood boiling, he yells back, “So you’re going to accept that guy’s proposal?!”

He doesn’t realize that the house keys have fallen out of his pocket until Soon-jung picks them up moments later. In his attempts to dissuade her, they tumble onto the ground together, and Min-ho pulls her close so she can listen to his racing heart.

He says this is what’s driving him nuts lately, and tells her not to say anything because he doesn’t have an answer for her. Crashing onto his bed afterward, he sighs how his mission to keep Soon-jung at arm’s length totally crashed and burned today. Guess whose world revolves around her now?

Joon-hee is still rattled by Soon-jung’s words about Min-ho, as he upchucks his meal. Over at the hospital, Noh hyungnim shows tiny signs of life.

In the morning, Min-ho looks crestfallen to hear that Soon-jung won’t be riding with them to the central factory, all, Didn’t she say we were going ‘together’? Aww. In any case, today’s a new day, and he’s determined to keep his feelings in check.

Even though they get lost on the way, Min-ho stops the car because something about the road they’re on strikes familiar to him. It’s the same spot that appeared in his dream (and where Dong-wook died), and standing here makes his world spin.

After picking up Joon-hee’s father who provides correct directions to the factory, Min-ho can’t erase the image of him bleeding at that very spot in the road from his head. Neither Secretary Oh nor Min-ho are aware of Joon-hee’s father looking anxious behind them.

Joon-hee, who arrives at the central factory the same time they do, looks surprised to see his father climbing out of Min-ho’s car. Soon-jung comes out in greeting, and Joon-hee surprises everyone with his knowledge about the union leaders’ meeting today.

But that’s not all—he’s distributed leaflets to the union members exposing Min-ho’s former cruel corporate methods ahead of time. As the union members walk out, Papa Ma says Min-ho’s name is smeared all over the internet too.

Joon-hee isn’t the least bit guilty, citing that Min-ho’s own past tripped him up—all he did was air out his dirty laundry. Min-ho is more than happy to return the favor by revealing Joon-hee’s involvement in the product tampering incident, but Joon-hee counters that doing so will negatively impact Gold Partners too.

He’s actually counting on Min-ho’s dogged determination to destroy his enemies at the expense of himself. And there’s more than just the chairman’s seat on the line for him, Joon-hee continues. “Kim Soon-jung.”

Min-ho asks if he’s actually afraid of losing Soon-jung, but Joon-hee hardly considers him a rival. But then why else would you throw down the gauntlet for the lady’s favor? Min-ho is no more than an annoying fly buzzing around Soon-jung and Hermia in his eyes, and he’ll make sure that Min-ho gets neither.

It’s nightfall by the Min-ho storms back in a huff (and hilariously orders Secretary Oh to buy him shoe lifts ’cause he’s a few inches shorter than Joon-hee). He still doesn’t know why seeing Joon-hee always puts him in such a bad mood, then turns to Soon-jung to ask why there’s so many people putting themselves at risk for her.

Soon-jung has no idea what he means by that nor does she understand any of his half-mutterings, but she apologizes for being the reason why they argued anyway. But that only makes Min-ho fall for her even more, and he yells at her to stop being so charming.

Ok-hyun and her detective buddy’s arrival just then reminds Min-ho about Dong-wook’s fatal hit-and-run, and he’s surprised to hear that the culprit is still at large. When he unknowingly guesses correctly that the incident took place near the factory, he has Secretary Oh look into the matter, hoping to piece together the fragments of his nightmare and the case.

Meanwhile, Soon-jung and Papa Ma are taken aback by the theory that Dong-wook was deliberately killed for discovering the truth about the tampering incident. Noh hyungnim’s testimony is the key to solving this murder case once he wakes. Having overheard everything around around the corner, Joon-hee’s father scurries off.

Min-ho is informed that the hit-and-run took place at the very spot they stopped at yesterday. What’s more is that it’s now being investigated as a murder case, and that’s likely what the detectives came to tell Soon-jung about.

Joon-hee’s father is a ball of nerves around Papa Ma, apologizing to him profusely after knocking down some boxes. Papa Ma has no idea of the kind of grave sin Joon-hee’s father has committed against him, showing kind concern towards the old man instead.

Min-ho seems perplexed when Soon-jung greets him later looking unaffected. Glossing over the subject for now, Soon-jung says he must curry favor with the union leaders over dinner tonight in order to win their votes.

Ji-hyun presents Joon-hee with a revised plan that will accelerate Hermia’s bankruptcy. We don’t get to see what that is, but it requires Joon-hee to get hustlin’.

Min-ho sits down to dinner with the union reps, though he’s left out of the drinking aspect for health reasons. So he’s completely sober when Papa Ma drunkenly tells him off (in banmal) for all the awful things Min-ho previously said about the central factory, with Soon-jung nodding along in her equally inebriated state.

The problem is that none of them can trust him—how can someone who committed such black-hearted acts against the company claim to save it now? Preach it, Papa Ma. Min-ho defends that it wasn’t easy for him to exchange everything he had to save a dying company and deal with those who won’t support him when they don’t have any other choice.

But Papa Ma says one shouldn’t scrape at the bottom of the barrel for help, and to Min-ho’s surprise, Soon-jung chimes in agreement. She describes Min-ho as a greedy and childish man who says whatever he likes, but she also knows that Min-ho doesn’t throw empty words. So if he promises to save Hermia, then he must mean it.

She can attest to the sincerity of those words, as well as the countless sleepless nights Min-ho has been pulled to learn about the factory. Even though Min-ho shouldn’t push himself in his condition, he’s been throwing himself into the work.

She hopes that the union leaders will put their trust in Min-ho’s sincerity and give him a chance. Drunk Soon-jung is far more outspoken than sober Soon-jung. How can we get her to come out and play more often?

Left to look after two drunks while waiting for Secretary Oh afterward, Min-ho freezes up and his heart pounds when Soon-jung’s head falls on his leg. He wonders why Soon-jung is running around working so hard for him, to which she drunkenly mumbles, “Because you’re Kang Min-ho.”

Sighing over how he can’t even keep his distance from Soon-jung for a few days, he notes that it’d be nice if his feelings had always belonged to him rather than his new heart. He wonders if Soon-jung likes him in the teensiest bit, because if she does, that could mean she likes him just as he is.

“I’m just Kang Min-ho, right?” he asks. Soon-jung giggles and answers, “It’s Kang Min-ho,” but her reply is too soft for him to hear anything. Patting her gently, Min-ho sighs that he failed again today.

While Joon-hee promises two factory workers employment following Hermia’s bankruptcy, Min-ho is unable to sleep thanks to his snoring neighbors. Soon-jung can’t either, and finds Min-ho reading up on reports.

Munching down on some late-night ramyun, the two bicker about eating with others vs. eating alone before Min-ho broaches the topic about how Soon-jung feels about hearing about Dong-wook’s murder case.

Soon-jung sticks to Dong-wook’s favorite saying that “happiness passes, and so does sadness,” adding that this news will pass in time, too. Only the living can experience a range of emotions from joy to sadness to suffering, in both the personal and shared experiences with others.

So no matter what life throws at her, she’s determined to work at it even harder, Soon-jung declares. Those words make Min-ho smile and they echo in his ears the following morning as he watches townspeople young and old start their day.

He’s also reminded of the fatalistic words he once spoke, which weigh against his post-surgery memories with Soon-jung. Min-ho draws in each breath, listening to his thumping heart. When Soon-jung comes running with some spare clothes, he asks himself what he wants to do most in this very moment.

“Whatever the reason is, I want to be with her,” Min-ho resolves in his head, which makes his subsequent words of accepting the bag (and essentially, his feelings for her) carry more weight.

Voting day for the union members finally arrives. If Min-ho is able to gain their support today, our exposition fairies tell us that will also win him two board members’ support, which in turn will give him just enough shares to beat Joon-hee.

Standing outside the factory brings back old memories of when young Min-ho once paid a visit with his ailing father, who said his heart ached because of all the love he has for his family and factory workers.

Out of naiveté, Little Min-ho had told him to give up on that love if it causes him so much stress. But his father had gently taught him that a person stops living the moment they give up loving on people. In other words, a leader must always carry a heavy heart.

Min-ho starts to sweat when he stands in front of the union without his prepared speech. He has a shaky start, being mindful of his posture and words in front a disinterested crowd. But they start tuning in when Min-ho says his father taught him that earning a living is one of the hardest things to do in life.

He knows that becoming chairman means being responsible for thousands of hard-working employees. He’s also realized how his past actions have affected their livelihoods, and believes the only way to show that he’s truly apologetic is not to live like he used to.

So he’s going to invest in the new product the factory’s been working on. Unbeknownst to Min-ho, Joon-hee listens in via a live video feed with his union spy. Min-ho asks for the union’s support so that he in turn can help them achieve their goals.

It’s cute how Min-ho is momentarily proud of his own speech, then addresses the crowd again saying that he knows how cold and hurtful of a person he’s been. “Protect me, so that I can protect you,” Min-ho pleads earnestly.

Looking directly at Soon-jung, he finishes, “because now I understand that I’d be nothing without you all.” His speech is met with resounding applause.

Still, Min-ho is still nervous about the vote, especially when Soon-jung approaches with an unreadable expression. But that frown turns upside down when he’s told the good news that the union has voted in his favor, which Joon-hee hears as well.

The trio celebrates, and ha—Min-ho pushes Secretary Oh away so he can hug Soon-jung first. He lets Secretary Oh back in, and then narrates in voiceover, “Soon-jung, my heart won’t be curious about him anymore. What’s important is that I want to be with you. If I can laugh with you like this, then that’s enough.”

By the time we check in with Min-ho again, he’s already the new Hermia chairman… ’cause I guess we can skip the board meeting vote? He’s met with a warm reception from the board members, whose sincerity Min-ho puts to the test by calling for an immediate meeting.

True fear lies in deliberate inaction, Min-ho dictates, so his first course of action is to cut their executive pay and strip them of their compensation benefits. Not only that, their performance reviews will be reflective of what the other Hermia employees think of them rather than himself.

Keeping his enemies close was something his father taught him, but Min-ho was also told to do away with the old for the sake of the new. Which means Joon-hee will soon be dismissed from his position.

I’d been thinking that whatever plan Joon-hee and Ji-hyun had been brewing was rather weaksauce since Min-ho became CEO anyway. Now we learn that was all part of the plan: allowing Min-ho to think he’d won while they prepare for Hermia’s bankruptcy with the new Hermia product in development.

It means that Min-ho will be oblivious of the fact that his destruction will be of his own making until it’s too late, Joon-hee says. So Min-ho can enjoy his time as the head honcho while it lasts, because he’ll be the one watching when Min-ho loses it all.

Speaking of whom, Min-ho is greeted outside his new office by his staff, led by Soon-jung. And this time, the same I’ve got my eye on you gesture he shot at Soon-jung when they first met is of fondness.

He extends a hand, only to pull her close when she takes it. “Good morning,” he says in greeting, which makes her smile. He smiles in return.

And little does anyone know that Noh hyungnim comes to at the hospital.

 
COMMENTS

Aw man, I would’ve been just as content if this episode left us hanging with Min-ho and Soon-jung making eyes at each other. Because let’s face it—they’re adorable together. It’s just that shot of Noh hyungnim reminds us of a subplot that we could do less of, since there doesn’t seem all that much to uncover about Dong-wook’s murder at this point. If anything, the lackey’s testimony only threatens to strain Joon-hee and Soon-jung’s relationship (as well as the two fathers) even further, leaving our main couple intact.

I’m glad that Min-ho finally got some overdue self-reflection once he figured out who his organ donor was. Questioning his feelings for Soon-jung was a natural progression of those thoughts, even though we all knew that his experiment to keep his feelings in check around Soon-jung would be a total failure as soon as he said it. It’s important for him to ask himself whether it’s truly him who cares for her or the heart that literally beats for her, and a little sad that he doesn’t realize that his past self was still drawn to her. I’d hoped that he’d be more inquisitive about it, instead of accepting whatever unknown reason why he does care for her and running with it.

Love can be an inexplicable feeling, and yet there was a short time where Min-ho still wanted to know why. Where it gets fuzzy is that the lesson of loving on people extends further than his feelings for Soon-jung and to the central factory workers in this hour. It then rolls over into the idea of what it means to start living by experiencing the whole gamut of emotions that accompany the miracle of being alive each and every day. All of those concepts bloomed into existence at once that I wanted to see Min-ho experience more than the few breaths he drew in on his morning walk.

Because if the message is about Min-ho turning away from his former ways and start living (regardless of the heart dictating that change), then that’s what I want to continue to see. His speech to the union members gives me hope that that’s the direction Min-ho wants to take as well, in becoming a firm, fair, and understanding leader who knows that he can’t do anything without people to support and cheer him on in the stands. He may fail at hiding his love for Soon-jung every day for the rest of his life, but taking each step with her towards securing a better future together — and for everyone — has got to be a win.

 
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Another great episode. This show is not disappointing. I'm glad Min-Ho was able to resolve his "should I stay away from her" thoughts after finding out where his heart came from. The interactions between the leads are just amazing. Hats off to the writer of this drama.

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So true. This Writer is smarter than others, who would likely make him turn around on his emotions at this pt. Its a relief that it lasted all of 2 mins. on film, not even half a day in the show. Kudos.

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Me too,I was scared after watching summer scent this weekend that this drama would take the same direction of is it me who loves you or is it my heart that belonged to your ex that loves you,making me love you.it was horrible 20 hours of dwelling on that mess exhausted me,I'm grateful to the writer for not taking that route and make me drop my current favorite show.I do hope it's the same when she finds out about the heart.Love how he's totally smitten.

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Luvnlife: I agreed about the interaction despite the heroin looks slightly older than the hero

The way min ho was smitten by sung jung reminded me of hyun bin and ha ji won in secret garden

Ahhh the good old days...

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Yes, the good old days.It does have that secret garden hyun bin love for Ha Ji won feel.

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I second those good old days of Secret Garden, when I just discovered kdramas and there were endless hours of possible shows to check out. :) Now it is all about the real time shows.

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Still loving this show more than any other airing right now.

Keep thinking: How can Jung Kyung Ho make Min Ho so adorable? How much of it is the writing and how much the acting? His new haircut has gone from bad to worse, and yet his cuteness suffers not at all. Love the way he plonks down in bed on one cheek. Why does a 9 year old falling in love look so sweet?

SJ is smart to not believe that JH would stop what he's doing if only she'd go to him as he asks. She's one tough girl w a good head on her shoulders. Plus the factory's survival must mean a great deal to her. Now why would JH know that about her???

Oh the way Min Ho bumps his sec out of the way in order to hold SJ! And when he does, he cheers again first. How does the writer come up w stuff like that?

Kim So Yeon is getting prettier by the ep. Other actors wither or get bloated as the shooting progresses.

Also liking Yoon Hyun Min a lot tho his char has gone further down the path of evil. The actor has a mildness about him, and he plays this char w tenderness. Pretty impressive for sb who starts acting later than most. Now I've to go and watch His old dramas too: Witch's romance and Discovery of Romance. Can some kind soul tell me if he has big parts in them or not? Cos I'll only watch them for him.

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How can Jung kyung ho make Min ho so adorable? IKR. He's just SO cute & #&®>\~ His character was So different in Heartless city. There are so many cute, funny moments in this episode. The way he slides off his seat haha or how he falls on his bed :D and who writes Entrance door on their keys? He's hilarious.

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The way he slumps in his seat is like the air gets let out of him suddenly. Kyung Ho ah, good job!

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YHM is not a main in those dramas but he does come out fairly often and his scenes are definitely memorable xD He was one of the best parts of those two shows!

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"Still loving this show more than any other airing right now."

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Yoon Hyun-Mi: I’ve seen him in Discovery of Love, Age of Feeling, Cruel City, and now FFI. YHM is such a joy to watch because of what he brings to each role and the different characters he's chosen to play.

YHM was a hoot in Discovery of Love and of course you already know about FFI & HC. One of the main reasons, I forced myself to finish the latter half of Age of Feeling was because of his presence as the character Aoki Denkai.

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Thank you, August and hyeyeonie,
Since u say YHM is a hoot in DoL, I'll have to find the time to surf thru it. Age of Feeling would be too much for me to stomach, even for him.
Cruel City is getting very heavy after ep 5. Sigh.

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The good kind of heavy right,right?the sigh at the end is not encouraging.
Are you dropping it?

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I'm not dropping it, but it does make the heart heavy, so I can't marathon it, as I'd have otherwise. I can only take it slow w this one.

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He is the male lead's best friend in Witch's Romance and has his own very charming romance subplot (he's a playboy who's got to work hard to romance a sweet little thing that just doesn't see him that way. Omg the things he does as excuses to see her). The bromance between him and the lead is just too cute for words. I pretty much loved every second of them together, especially when they sit on the couch all agog about their girls.

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Thank you for the heads up. I'll check it out.

I saw Discovery of Love, just that I didn't remember that was what it was called. YHM only had a minor role in it, playing one of the roommates, and Sol's boyfriend. It was a bland role unfortunately. Happy for him that he is now getting meatier roles.

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They are so adorable together!!!!

I'm a little worried that Minho really will lose everything. Back in episode 3(?) He made a comment to soonjung saying he'd like to see how long she'll stick by the side of her man when he's hit rock bottom.

I have a feeling he's going to see that first hand.

And I don't want him lose everything. He's too cute! I want him to be forever happy!

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aoiaheen...oh, that 'hitting rock bottom' is definitely a curse for him for--yes, I have the same feeling as well--he might experience that ... poor MH, will SJ stick by his side?

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JH can't read SJ at all after all these years. If he had known what kind of a person SJ actually is, he wouldn't be doing all these things in order to win her hand.
She has an underdog mentality. She loves a good fight for what is worth fighting for. So even if MH were to lose everything, I think it'd only make her love him even more, and make sure to stay beside him to comfort him. JH calls it all wrong.
Will MH lose everything? I think not. But I don't think it matters too much, cos he has a 2nd chance at life, a lady he loves, and now finds a worthwhile purpose.

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Was initially looking forward to this drama because of the bromance in Cruel City but it seems like there isn't going to be one here. If you mute the scene between Joon-hee and Min-ho though, you can pretend they're staring soulfully into each other's eyes and not threatening to destroy each other.

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It isn't bromance, but whenever these two have a scene together, it is thrilling. Their give and take, their goading each other on, their staring daggers at each other...., bromance gone upside down? ?

There are many reasons why I love this show. One of them is that each pairing besides the OTP is interesting to watch: Min Ho w his sec for bromance; Min Ho w Joon Hee for rivalry; SJ w JH for crush vs friendship; SJ w the Det Wendy w sisterhood; JH w his dad for sadness and regret; even Min Ho w Wendy...for who knows what? Two bossy kids in the sandpit.

The only char that doesn't grab me is Dong Wook's father. Maybe it's the actor. His interactions w whoever just comes across as Acting to me.

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@ KDaddict?JCW

I agree with you about Dong-wook's father... but maybe only for this episode. There's a jarring difference in his reaction to Min-ho during the episode's opening scenes.

He was frosty outside his house, and then much warmer inside? What was that all about? It's like the two scenes aren't connected at all, although they're supposed to be connected. Was it just bad directing?

I loved how he greeted Min-ho in the negotiation scene (Ep 5), though, when he welcomed Min-ho like a son rather than the corporate serial killer the younger man was.

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The attitude change from outside to inside was because by then he had been told of MH wanting to save the company, have to be friendly to an enemy when you need help right??

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Blcktron is right about the change of attitude. I think it is related to what was discussed last week regarding this writer's style, which leaves some space for viewers to fill in.

There is sthg off about this actor's take of DW's father. He just seems too 'flippant' to me, for sb his age, w his responsibility, who has just tragically and suddenly lost his son, and is now faced w the young woman who would have become his beloved DIL, but will now marry sb else, which is definitely one big loss for him after another. On top of that he is leading his workers to find a way to fight to keep their factory. Yet I feel absolutely No weightiness in him, while there should be a weight on his heart and his shoulders.

Other than that, I love all the other actors and interactions between various chars.

BTW, the guy who plays Joon Hee's father also played a gay old man in Queen's Classroom, right? Did anyone watch that? He was so delightfully gay and effeminate it was endearing.

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@Blcktron

I don't think this is the case of blank space to be filled in, because the timing is too short for that.

This is different from, let's say, the case of Min-ho finding Soon-jung drunk and she barely remembers it the next day (Ep 4), or Soon-jung acting all professional after the forced kiss in the middle of a crowded street (Ep 7). There was a longer time jump in those two scenes rather than in this one for viewers to fill in the blank.

I don't find Dong-wook's father to be flippant or anything in other scenes, though. IMHO he was very convincing in the scene when Det.Na told him who hit Dong-wook in the hit-and-run murder.

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They seem to be friends in real life. When you factor that in, it adds another level to their performance. They have old pictures together on their instagram accounts.

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Good stuff, instagram names please.

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It's a small world after all:
Jung Kyung-Ho & Yoon Hyun-Min met on the set of “Heartless City” in 2013.
Jung Kyung-Ho filmed “Endless Love” with Jeon So-Min last year - 2014.
Yoon Hyun-Min was introduced to Jeon So-Min, his current girlfriend, by mutual friend and fellow actor Jung Kyung Ho.

http://www.soompi.com/2015/04/29/yoon-hyun-min-and-jeon-so-min-attend-public-event-as-a-couple/

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Wow,thanks for the info.

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No this drama is for those who want some sort of closure frome the bromantic bromance to hate and dislike hehe,but seriously though sometimes I catch my self thinking how can Oh Soo talk to Baksa adeul /shin hyun like that?

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Yeah, seems like the rivalry between Min-Ho & Joon-Hee will only culminate closer till the end. From bromance in HC & real–life to rivals in FFI - doesn't it ping at your heart just a little? If it's any consolation though, at least we have their bromance in Heartless City to fall back on.

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This drama is really good. even there's a flaw there and over there, the writer seems taking care the plot. I mean when we are in the half of the show, the plot will be spreading anywhere and the ending will be sucked. I heard this drama is the debut of the writer. If it's true, congratulation, you made a great debut comparing to Doctor Stranger's writer.
Looking forward for the progress of Minho and Soonjung.

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I can only disagree when you say compared to Doctor Strangers writer... That shows script was a bloody train wreck, started off great and quickly descended into flames.

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Last time I fell this hard for a drama character was back in 2013 (Choi Young Do, btw).

Min Ho is so precious, sincere and beyond wonderful.

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That pout in the first screencap. I'm done.
And, thank you.

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Me too! I replayed that pout so many times. It's too cute!

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I really love this drama ... sigh, Jung Kyung Ho is beyond cute, he's so adorable . Each episode make's me yearn for the next one.

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@gummimochi
Thanks so much for the recaps!

I love the subliminal choice of background music in this drama. In the scene when Joon-hee took Soon-jung to a restaurant in this episode, the music in the restaurant was...guess what, "I Can't Make You Love Me".

So true, Joon-hee. You can't.

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Can we die from a " Good Morning" ?

I think i just did. hehehehe

From now on, Kang Min-ho "Good Morning" should be a standard good morning a girl should get, permanent.

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Lol,I know right.

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I really mesmerized by this drama.... can't hold even 1 day haha thanks nowadays the sub is coming fast also.... Kyung Ho is daebak here, i was never saw his drama before, but in this drama he is fully charmed, and i don't know why, I'd already love seo yeon unnie for her previous project, but this drama make her rom-com queen also... it's because their chemistry is hillarious!! ^^

Is there anyone know the song when Min Ho, Soon jung and Sec Oh dance after they win the vote annouced by Soon Jung?? the rhythm is great it, is it the OST that unreleased yet? It is also played when Minho hugs Soon jung in his CEO room after bravely announce fighting for CEO chair with Joon Hee on ep 8?
I love all the OST... please somebody tell me..

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Yes, it is the OST that was not released yet. It says something about "Inside my heart/ the love hidden, the full of this night/ I shout with holding you .. I love you..." Viki translations.
I love it too. I love all the songs they used in this drama.

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Falling for Min-ho FTW! ;)

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+ 10000000000

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I am so glad I watched Heartless city, thanks to kakashi's blog. It introduced me to this amazing actor.

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So much adorable-ness in 1 hour ~ My heart can't take so much. Wait - it can! - gimmie moooaarrrrr <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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Kyung Ho is such a great actor.. i watched many of his dramas, but endless love was a big no no no.. too makjang.. but thank God, he has chosen a good project! falling for minho.. agree with you gummimochi..

now im envious of SNSD's Sooyoung for dating him hahaha

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The fact that you are envious of Sooyoung means you are falling for Jung Kyung Ho. ?

I for one am finding him very attractive for the first time, even tho I watched 2 of his other dramas earlier. Min Ho is adorable cos JK Ho makes him so. Hence for me, this drama is Falling for Jung Kyung Ho!

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@KD

Hahahaha! Falling for Jung Kyung Ho! *laughing*

Ahh, that was funny. Is he giving your JCW a run for his money?

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No, not yet. Hee hee.
I think I love Jung Kyung Ho the way I love Song Il Gook's triplets in Superman Returns. Does it make any sense? Have u ever watched it? You better not. Better study for your exams, dear.

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Sorry, I confused myself for a moment. I should say:
I love Min Ho like I love the Song Triplets. And I love JKH for his portrayal of Min Ho.

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this drama is freaking awesome and i'm sooooo freaking luv....luv....luv ....this drama....enough said...

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You know... When we think about it. Even before the heart transplant, Min Ho does has an interest towards Soon-Jung. Isn't it?

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I, too think that SJ caught his attention even before the transplant, he's just not aware of ıt then.

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agree...in the initial episodes, I once ever wondered (plus a bit nervous) how would SJ two-time her boyfriend with MH because I had already thought they got their chemistry and that MH had already developed an interest even though he didn't realize that...

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Kang min ho is lurve!

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THANKS for the recap!

This show is delicious to watch. I savor each moment.

And here, Min-ho, you don't need uplifts in your shoes with this bit of magic. https://twitter.com/jomo1438/status/594661426557526016

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Kang Min-ho's swoon-worthy "good morning" just made my heart jump. The tenderness in his eyes is so breathtaking. I loved everything about this episode and laughed for the most part. His "moerago" after eavesdropping on Soonjung's friends was priceless and I played it over and over. JKH's comedic timing is golden.
His height complex with Joon hee is cute and definitely took some of the sting in their fighting. I'm getting so annoyed by Joon-hee's presumption that Soonjung is his woman but I loved Min-ho's self reflection later on about Joon-hee's "awesome" lines.
Soonjung is still pretty clueless or is she just choosing to ignore Min-ho obvious swooning for her?
Joon-hee is slipping into terrible bad-guy territory and I'm very sad about that. His obsession with Soonjung has reached an all time high and it's hard to watch this train he's on, knowing it's heading for a wreck with no survivors.

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I wanna see Jung Kyung Ho on wgm!!

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My heart was positively reeling from all the cuuute this episode!

How can it be so funny when Min Ho yells at Soon Jung: "You LUMP OF CHARM, YOU!!"

And how can it be so sweet when he sighs that Mission Stay-away-from-Soon-Jung failed yet again?

I need a pair of shoe lifts, too. Kang Min Ho, you are not alone!

Thanks for the recaps, gummi.

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omg, this show melts my heart. I just can't take enough of them together being so cute ♥

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Thank you for the recap and the place to squee!
The OTP has great chemistry, and the male lead is the best!

Falling in love with Jung Kyoung-ho it is!

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When JH asked JS whether she would see him if he gave up everything and JS cleverly--thanks, God--said that even he said so at the moment, his personality didn't change so easily and he'd just start that again sooner or later. Oh, I'm so relieved...It's not like in mainstream dramas where the lead female keeps silent and has no voice to defend herself or to convey her opinion. At least, this is a step ahead: You are the one who has control over yourself. Don't ever let anyone take that from you (I feel so powerful just after typing this lol).

And, when JH said that he wouldn't let MH get neither president position nor JS, I felt that he definitely would be the one experiencing the pain of losing both of them... Ah, I don't know, or... is it possible that the plot turns to be like either of these? Here:
- JH once gets the president position, but he wonders why MH is still able to smile and seems not to care about the position. JH feels that his possession is nothing better than what MH has (JS).
- Since JH cannot be with JS, he will do anything so that MH will not end up being with her as well (I hate thinking about this possibility, but since it's a rom-com so hopefully it won't turn to be that way).
- JH finally understand why JS chose DW and now chooses MH instead of him.
- MH works for the police and becomes Detective MH. Hmm...( I just can't imagine haha--oh, I can, maybe he will show his kicks the same as he did in the police station).

By the way, you all guys have talked about funny, cute--or whatever it is--scenes here so it is maybe just a repetition, but I just can't help but typing these...oh, poor me...
- when MH said he would keep a distance and reconsider his feeling for JS but he then failed again and again. I felt as if he had already failed a second after saying that. funny
- when MH slid off the sofa and Secretary Oh couldn't help laughing (of course, with no voice as if he had just won something).
- when MH asked Sec Oh to buy him shoe insoles. I feel that we don't need to discuss about the fact that KJH is (maybe) smaller or shorter than YSM because the writer (seems to acknowledge this, if the scenes keep showing us that MH is shorter than JH, we might end up thinking that MH seems to have no power over JH and that's bad for a lead male) has made the show shuts our mouths up by addressing this issue in a funny and hilarious aware-of-your-imperfection scene...

But guys, do you notice that JH obviously had an eating disorder? Hope it will lead to something...

And, if I were JH, I wouldn't waste my 20 years falling for one woman... I'm sorry, but is that possible? Is there someone out there having such experience?

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aleev07,
Good catch re "Eating disorder".

His dad mentioned that he'd throw up after eating if he's stressed. From here on out, he's going to be plenty stressed every damned day. So that means he'll be throwing up every one of his meals?
*Nasty laugh*

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But how can SJ believe JH won't change so easily YET think that MH will actually change easily? Just because he made one move? He's unstable, so what does it even mean? From her position how can she be certain he will change "easily" then? The "change thanks to the heart" is only fantasy. To make matters worse, MH was abusive to her from the beginning. JH never once harmed her intentionally. I don't think anything is empowering in this show.

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Enjoying this drama as well. I love the cast. Even though Jung Kyoung ho doesn't really blow my skirt up, I like him as an actor. I love Kim So yeon. She's one of the most beautiful actresses working in kdrama now. She must be great to work with as well since she has great chemistry with all these younger men the keep pairing her with. I do hope that one day Yoon Hyun min will get to play something other than 2nd. Although it seems he likely will never get a shot. I've liked him ever since Cruel City.

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Kang Min Ho is just freaking too adorable and hilarious! Love him so much!

Great acting from Jung Kyung-ho!

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Thank God for Jung Kyung Ho! he's sooo adorably cute as Min Ho in love, his chemistry with KSY is so awesome, i laff 'em both!

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Just to be clear here: so Min-ho's English name is James Bond?? I believe Ji-hyun calls him James Kang and Bond. Pfftt.

I wasn't sure how Min-ho was going to change or deal with his new found feelings, but I'm very happy about the progress. There's no mindless dragging in the story whatsoever.
I still sympathize with Joon-hee and hope he can find peace within himself eventually.

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Ji-hyun calls him Kang 분 (Kang Bun)

분 may come from his title 본부장 at Gold Partners.

I like your thoughts tough :>

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Just to point out, its kang bon. 강본. Which is abv for 강본부장. Its typical abv for the miseng world! Lol ?

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Thanks you all for clearing it up for me. I went back and re-watched Ji-hyun and Min-ho's scenes just to make sure she calls him Bon and not Bond. And yes, it's Bon, it's the subs that got me confused. The first time she saw him after his transformation(episode 4), I totally believed she called him Kang Bond; he looked really dashing. :D

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Hi Fab,
She called him Kang Bon, i.e. Kang Bon Bu Jang nim, his rank or title in the corp. She has also called him James, James Kang. But I haven't heard her call him James Bond. Ha ha.

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Hi KDaddict!
Kang Bon< Kang Bond< James Kang. It's close enough right?! Yeah it was just wishful thinking on my part. :$

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Thanks so much for the recap Gummimochi. Falling for Innocence is past the halfway mark now. Happy to report that week in, week out each episode makes me eager for the next one.

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Love this show,love they didn't get into angst,love Min Ho(except that damn ugly haircut,Korean Netizens please complain) , love the secretaries, the chubby one, I recognised from Gag concert,love female lead, one of my favorite actress ever since Prosecutor Princess and the female detective who I've loved ever since Personal Taste, hope she lands more and bigger roles.
Thank you for the recap and any subversion out there, thank you so much,couldn't believe how fast subs came out this time,you guys are awesome.

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Subbers not subversion.

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@klava

It would really be awesome if they change his haircut before the series ends. :D

I saw your reply to my comment in the previous episode's recap, and yes, if my weekly Healer session always ended up with me fangirling over him, the same thing is happening to me now. Only this time it's Jung Kyung-hoo. :D

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Sung joon trully loves kang min ho...
See how she treats kang min ho...

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How childish min ho is...
he's so cute when he asks secretary oh to buy heel shoes

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I didn't really have this drama on my to-watch list, but seeing everyone loving it makes me want to get on the train too, sooner or later. My first impression was that it would be very angsty, melodramatic, business talk, and...boring I guess? Seeing the reactions though, I'm willing to give it a try.

I want to ask you guys- what do you recommend most about this drama , or what do you love a lot about it?

(also, I see some familiar faces on here! *waves at KDaddict, Saema, Fab, Thursdaynexxt, klava, Giegie, and Yoes Lee* Don't know if you guys remember me but I'm Sky. Great to "see" you guys again).

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Hey Sky~~! *waves back* I miss the Healer rave-fests!

I was also not gonna watch this, since neither the cast nor the story grabbed me at first. But it really is a case of "Falling for Kang Min Ho"! He was a right royal ass (and still is sometimes), but hilarious when he's being petty.

Plus he's got a cute bromance with his loyal and long-suffering Secretary Oh, who dishes it straight out to Min Ho and helpfully gives love advice to dating novice Min Ho, with unfailingly disastrous consequences!

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Hi Sky!
Of course, you're our maknae! And you should watch this drama. I wasn't sure about it in the beginning, because like you said it was very much just dramatic and business talk. But JKH is making the best out of his lovesick character(KDaddict is describing him the best in her comments). And all of the other leads are great as well. The progress of the plot is pleasantly smooth. There's still so much going on and it makes you want to weep and laugh out loud and I'm excited to watch each episode that comes out.

I read you're busy with school and exams, good luck with everything. And don't forget once in a while to binge watch a drama that speaks to you the most. ♥

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Hi Sky,
So happy to see you. How can I forget you? Not a chance.
This show is daebak. Must watch. It is the first one that draws me out of my shell since Healer.
Angst? Melo? B-talk? No such thing. Just lots of cuteness in Min Ho. If u want to know what I love most about this show, just check out my comments in the last 2 eps. I'm going ga ga over it. Wish we had the whole gang here to watch and talk together!

Hi Saema, Fab, Giegie, and others,
Miss you all and the heady Healer spazzing days! 6 more eps to go. Hope that we will convene here!

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Hey sky, *waves enthusiastically*Im just glad someone knows recognises me hihi, first time this is happening.
How have you been post healer? I would totally recommend this show,it should have been described as a romantic comedy instead of a Melo. It definitely has more comedy than most shows that call themselves comedy and it reminds me of secret garden, only in regards to how he is totally smitten with the female lead,one can't help but fall for it when the male lead literally goes weak in the knees. Hope you find the time to watch it,your lucky you don't have to endure waiting for subs which were taking forever to be out. Watch heartless city if you haven't, I did when waiting for subs for FFI, it's awesome as if Punch , Story of a man, Two weeks had an older cooler brother.

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@Skyofblue

Helll Sky, of course we remember you! Nice to "see" you again. ^^

I watched the first episode of FFI without expecting anything but I ended up falling for Kang Min-ho and his voice. I think @Saema love his voice too. :D Kang Min-ho alone is more than enough reason to watch it, trust me. And the girls above. ;)
Hello girls! ^^

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Love this drama..love the main leads...love the story...
Love all in this drama...

Min ho has fallen for soon jung since episode 2....

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Does anyone know the music played around the scene of joon hee and soon jung in a restaurant? Really appreciate it, thanks ;)

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@suci

It's "I Can't Make You Love Me". Originally performed by Bonnie Raitt. I don't know which version is it that was heard in the scene, though.

Basically it's Joon-hee's theme song.

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same thots as KD addicts . Wonder if it is the script or the spontaneity of the actors. The comedic elements are weaved in so naturally, like when Minho was waiting at the steps for SJ, he sang " white kudu" white"Paji" , totally funny and I like the scene when he pushed the secretary to the ground just to hug SJ first. All these little details do make the show so watchable and hilarious

Love JKH, his acting is fantastic, he is so cool when he slows down and emphasises every word at the board meetings and the " a little" is said with much charm.
Love KSY in her shows. My fav actress tho her clothes are quite dowdy here.

Where can I get a download for the slow song?

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I love this drama! So warm so romantic so comedy! I love minho! He acts so well and his charm is so hot and cute,i was very satisfied to watch a comedy that makes me smile! Thank you for recap

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This show really takes a place I my heart. I don't really know why but it has a touch or light and serious in the mix that u can't forget. The actor is doing so well to make us fal in love with his character as much as Soon-jung does. One thing the show does well is the emotional. I can sympathise with the character while both loving and hating that character at the same time. It allows me to appreciate not just the chracters but the actors as well.

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Love every bit of Min Ho .... i am so in love with this drama especially to min ho...

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Min Ho is sooo cute. Love him

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